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Joint Local Plan Submission

On 31 March 2021, the Babergh & Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan was formally submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for independent examination.

The Plan was submitted in accordance with Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended) and Section 20 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended).

This part of the local plan process is known as Regulation 22 Submission.

Notice of Submission of the Joint Local Plan to the Secretary of State

Submission Documents

  • Babergh and Mid Suffolk Pre-Submission Joint Local Plan (November 2020)
  • Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan - Sustainability Appraisal (including main report, non-technical summary, appendices) (October 2020)
  • Habitats Regulation Assessment (including Appropriate Assessment) (October 2020)
  • Consultation Statement for the Babergh & Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan Regulation 22(c) Statement
  • Duty to Cooperate (DtC) Statement for the Babergh & Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan
  • Supporting documents and the Core Document Library relevant to the preparation of the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan
  • Copies of representations made in accordance with Regulation 20

All listed documents are available to read in our Core Document Library:

Core Document Library

As a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Councils have carefully considered the implications arising from the present social distancing measures. We have considered those who may be affected, and how we can ensure these individuals are not disadvantaged.

We encourage the use of this website, where you are able to access all of the relevant Joint Local Plan documentation. The documents submitted and information relating to the examination can be viewed via the Core Document Library.


If you're unable to access the information via the website (or you're aware of anyone in these circumstances) please contact our Strategic Planning Policy team. Call 0300 1234 000 (Option 5, then Option 4). 

You can also email to discuss alternative arrangements.


Appointed Programme Officer

Annette Feeney has been appointed as the Programme Officer for the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan Examination. She will deal with all procedural, administrative and programming matters.

The Programme Officer is independent from the Councils and reports directly to the Planning Inspector conducting the Babergh & Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan Examination.

All correspondence or queries relating to the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan Examination should be directed to the Programme Officer on the contact details below.


Tel: 07775771026

Postal Address: Annette Feeney, Programme Officer c/o Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2BX



The examination has now started. Further details will follow in due course on the website. They will include the names of the appointed planning inspectors, examination documents, and an explanation of what happens next. The latter will include details on how you can participate.


Coronavirus (Covid-19) and Local Plan Examinations

The Planning Inspectorate have published advice on Covid-19 and local plan examinations.

Decisions about how to move examinations forward under the Covid-19 restrictions, are at the discretion of the Planning Inspector appointed to hold the independent examination.

Information about the Joint Local Plan Examination will be posted on the Babergh & Mid Suffolk Councils’ website. Any questions should be addressed to the Programme Officer for the Examination.

The Joint Local Plan – Pre-submission (Regulation 19) Consultation opened on 12 November 2020 and closed on 24 December 2020.

All duly made Joint Local Plan Pre-Submission (Regulation 19) representations are available to view online via the Councils' Joint Local Plan consultation portal.

The Consultation Statement for the Joint Local Plan Regulation 22(c) Statement provides a summary of the main issues raised through the consultation.